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Strikeforce Conference Call Notes


(Besides sporadically training MMA, Bobby Lashley has been saying his prayers and taking his vitamins and the results have been staggering.)

Strikeforce held a media conference call today with Andrei Arlovski, Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, Roger Gracie and Kevin Randleman to hype their upcoming
 Saturday May 15 “Heavy Artillery” event in St. Louis.


Some notable tidbits from the call:

- A catch weight bout between Robbie Lawler and Renato “Babalu” Sobral will take place at the June 16 show.

- Andrei Arlovski has split time training in Albuquerque with Greg Jackson and at American Kickboxing Academy training with “Crazy” Bob Cook and Javier Mendes.

- At AKA Arlovski spent considerable time working with UFC heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez.

- After the loss to Brett Rogers, Andrei began seeing a sports psychologist.

-Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto not be on the May 15 card as will likely be fighting for DREAM on May 29 to help fill in the hole in their card left by the promotion cancelling the light heavyweight grand prix from the show.

- Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker expects Jason Miller (who he said after re-watching tapes of the fracas should shoulder the lion’s share of the blame for the incident) to receive a suspension for his part in the post fight melee that took place April 17 on CBS.

- Roger Gracie feels “pretty complete and safe” fighting in MMA. He says he has pretty good hands from his extensive boxing training, but no matter how much he trains his stand-up, it will never match his ground prowess.

- Roger has spent a great deal of time in New York training at his cousin Renzo’s gym for the fight with Randleman.

- If he gets past Randleman, a possible opponent down the road for Gracie could be Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.

- Kevin Randleman has gone completely batty. When asked by a reporter what his longtime Team Hammer House training partner and friend Mark Coleman’s next move in MMA is, Randleman ignored the question and explained who he was training with in Vegas and said he didn’t have anyone in the city who could match the level of BJJ of Roger Gracie. When pressed again about his relationship with Coleman he said, “Sometimes in life, the student needs to branch out,” before veering away from the topic again to talk about jiu-jitsu.

The audio of the call can be found here.
 

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danomite- April 30, 2010 at 10:44 am
So how does this conference call work? Was NewBen invited to this or has he received the Banhammer since photoshopping Gus Johnson into a drag queen and putting his late night drunken rant on the internet?

also, Randleman hasn't gone insane. He's been there for a while. It's where he gets his mail delivered. He has an interview on one of the pride dvds where someone asks him a question and he proceeds to ramble non stop for 20 minutes.
rlh61- April 30, 2010 at 8:49 am
@Poop

Thanks...I figured that was the case...
ReX13- April 30, 2010 at 8:14 am
I like Lashley. There i said it. He said in an interview with Mike Struck that after this fight, he'll be open to stepping up the competition. Hopefully, we can have Lashley - Rogers by year's end.
Poop on da wall- April 30, 2010 at 8:11 am
@ rlh61

hoger, hyan, henzo, hio de janeiro
Poop on da wall- April 30, 2010 at 8:05 am
why does roger keep getting fed easy opponents? i love randleman and all but...well...just watch the randleman vs whitehead fight...roger should already be fighting contenders
rlh61- April 30, 2010 at 7:21 am
So do you pronounce the 'R' for Roger Gracie? Or is it Hoger? You know those crazy Gracies and the leading 'R'...
ctownhood- April 30, 2010 at 7:00 am
@Chiggs
Awesome fights? We only know of 2 fights...Lawler v Babalu (catchweight) and Gracie v Randleman. Noons, Lashley...and whoever else they throw on here don't even have opponents yet.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 30, 2010 at 4:02 am
Pedro Rizzo (respect) went to a sports psych and it got him a couple more wins, but it didn't revive his inner serial killer.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 30, 2010 at 3:59 am
Scott Coker is an excuse spouting muppet. Whoever makes matches for strikeforce needs to be beaten to withing an inch of their life. I can't believe has-beens and nobodys get so shamelessly promoted from these clowns. If you somehow managed to build a name for yourself at some point in your career, you don't even have to win with them to get paid.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 30, 2010 at 3:50 am
Fuck fucking strikefarce and their weak-ass wanna-be elitexc bullshit. They're putting fucking Lashley, who looked weak as shit against Sims (and no offense to Sims, at least he has a personality, unlike Lashley) on the front of their poster like he actually is somebody. I'll watch strikeforce's fights until they go belly up, because they have good fighters I want to see stuck on their meaningless roster, but fuck them in their scrawny necks. Incompetent bitches. They make a mockery of the sport I love, the only one I've ever liked, with their WWE matchmaking and their shameless lack of professional polish. Go back to the minor leagues or die, maybe Bellator will eventually step up to the plate.
Joedirt- April 30, 2010 at 3:21 am
Seems like a lot of AA fans.... funny part is he was beating Fedor... well... up until he ran face first into the iron fist. But before that, he was cleaner and looked really sharp. I'd like to see him get back on his game.
ghostboner- April 30, 2010 at 1:01 am
Arlovski!!! Sports psych eh? Well whatever, do what you gotta do. I have heard that can actually help, though I never would have thought it.

As for Miller shouldering the majority of the blame, that is some bullshit. Coker just knows that it would be bad news for him to shelve 3 of his belt holders. I say give them a warning and move on.
fatbellyfrank- April 30, 2010 at 12:33 am
@PERPATRAITOR, yeah, he's gonna paint himself into a corner here, all contributed equally to the shitfight we saw, but as you say if he suspends them all he wont be able to put together much of a card.
Don't think it'll worry Shields to much; he'll be all cozied up in Dana's office when the sanctions are handed out.
If Coker has any brains he'll just slap em on the wrist, give em a fine, press conference "Those guilty have been dealt with Blablabla" and move on.
First card he puts together afterwards has to have Diaz, Melendez, Miller all involved and watch the view rate skyrocket as all the casuals tune in hoping to see someone get knifed
side.check.kick- April 30, 2010 at 12:16 am
Have any of you ever heard Bobby talk? It fucking blew my mind, he sounds as white as Mike G. of ufc.
PERPATRAITOR- April 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm
You suspend one you suspend them all. That would crush his roster, Scott, your dumb.
James- April 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm
Randleman hasn't gone batty, he just doesn't want to talk about that wash up when he's trying to promote himself.
fatbellyfrank- April 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm
Hoping to see a real strong showing from AA, and also, surprisingly, Lashley, time for him to show what he's got or move on, I've heard of bringing a fighter along slowly, but gimme a break, Lawler v's Sobral should be worth a look as well, all up pretty decent card
El Guapo- April 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm
If Randlemann's batty because he doesn't want to talk about Coleman then the entire MMA world must be batshit crazy! Don't think anybody's wanted to talk about the Hammer for at least 5 years..

I mean, I know they used to be tight and all but sometimes you just can't stand your homies. And besides, the Monster's been a lil loopy for a while now.
Haas- April 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm
Really pulling for AA and the Monster.
Chiggs- April 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm
Awesome fights, but Bullsh!t on Miller getting a hefty suspension an whatnot. Theres pics already showing Diaz an Shields throwing the first punches, interupting an interview shouldnt result in a beatdown no matter scripted b4 hand or not. Hope Shields gets a good year or so an goes to UFC. Like say, if Miller gets one, Nick, Nate, Gil an Shields all should get a heftier punishment imho.
Really hope with Andrei training at AKA and Jackson's he comes out an performs to his ability as the dude has incredible potential to beat anyone anytime. Hope Lashley gets a real opponet finally as he has potential as well. Coming up fast so hope he's ready!!!
ccman- April 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Lashleys next opponent should be sponsored by cambells
AndyInflammatory- April 29, 2010 at 7:10 pm
nice subtle EA Sports branding there
jimbonics- April 29, 2010 at 7:08 pm
They're gonna turn that city upside down!
Captain Cannabis- April 29, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Randleman vs. Lashley...make it happen, Strikeforce. I can never get enough black on black crime.
1on1- April 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm
Man i can't wait to see the pitbull fight again. only fight i ever wanted him to lose was against fedor.

Hope that psychologist had some useful words cause the guy really needs some help after the past few fights.
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